2014 NFL Combine Bench Press Analysis: Offensive Linemen



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This is the 2014 NFL Combine Bench Press Recap for the offensive linemen. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2014 NFL Combine: Bench Press Recap - Offensive Linemen
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  • The most impressive bench press total belongs to Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson. He tied for second among all offensive linemen with 36 reps. However, Richardson has some long arms (35 inches), and they are longer than the other players that notched 36 reps, Utah State's Tyler Larsen (31 1/2) and Ohio State's Corey Linsley (32). Richardson (6-6, 336) showed some serious strength for a left tackle with his length. He needs a good Combine and did his part in the weight room.

  • Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews had 24 reps. It wasn't an impressive number, but it shouldn't hurt Matthews significantly. Matthews beats defenders with his technique, quickness and agility so not being a bench press standout isn't a red flag.

  • Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson is hot on Matthews' trail to be the top-rated offensive tackle. Robinson had an impressive total of 32 reps on the bench press. With his long arms (35 inches), it illustrates that Robinson has a lot of power to his game. The athletic Robinson could blow up the Combine.

  • Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan (6-7, 303) managed 29 reps for a respectable showing. Lewan doesn't have as long of arms (33 7/8) as one would think. Still, Lewan did better than the trio from last year that went in the top five picks: Luke Joeckel (27), Eric Fisher (27) and Lane Johnson (28). Lewan could lock down a top-16 grade with a strong Combine.

  • Notre Dame left tackle Zack Martin (6-4, 308) had 29 reps. That is a nice total but Martin also has short arms (32 7/8). Martin kept pace with the other first-round tackles though.



  • Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio had a disappointing total with only 21 reps. He does have long arms (35 5/8), but compared to Richardson or the other first-round offensive tackles, Kouandjio's total is disappointing. That being said, former teammate D.J. Fluker had only 21 reps as well last year. Fluker's arms (36.68) were longer, but both them were good run blockers in college. The success of Fluker as a rookie should help to mitigate concerns about Kouandjio's bench press total.

  • The leading bench press total went to North Carolina center Russell Bodine with 42 reps. A year ago, former teammate Jonathan Cooper impressed on the bench press. Both Bodine (32 1/2) and Cooper (33 inches) had the bench press advantage of short arms. Still, North Carolina deserves credit for their strength program considering how these two linemen have performed. Bodine needs a good Combine performance, as sources have told WalterFootball.com that they have Bodine as a day-three pick.

  • The top center prospects are Colorado State's Weston Richburg, Arkansas' Travis Swanson (6-5, 312) and USC's Marcus Martin. Richburg bested them with 25 reps. Martin had 23, while Swanson had only 20. That was surprising considering that Swanson weighs 12 more pounds than Richburg (33 3/8), who has longer arms than Swanson (33 1/8). Richburg helped himself in the weight room on Friday.

  • Swanson's total of 20 reps was the lowest of any offensive lineman who participated. He needs to improve on that total at his pro day.



  • Among the top guard prospects, Gabe Jackson (30) did the best. Jackson was a powerful run blocker for Mississippi State, so that wasn't surprising. Cyril Richardson (25) and Xavier Su'a-Filo (25) held their own and didn't damage their cause.

  • One guard who had a disappointing showing was Stanford's David Yankey (6-5, 315). He had 22 reps of 225 pounds. Yankey does have long arms for an interior lineman (34 inches), but he probably should improve with more than 22 reps at his Pro Day.

  • There was a list of offensive linemen who didn't participate in the bench press. That group included Morgan Moses, Seantrel Henderson, James Hurst, Anthony Steen, Spencer Long and Jon Halapio.





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